Opening a vinyl-only store in Soho just over 10 years ago was seen as a risky move. The area was, and still is, saturated with independent record shops and at the time, record shops were fighting for survival. But Phonica Records has proven resilient to music industry vagaries, changing formats and consumption habits, and a recession.
With interest in house and techno higher than ever, the bug is spreading across the Big Smoke. Before it was mostly restricted to a small circle of clubs and covert pockets of the city, but The West End — previously a haven for glitzy VIP haunts — is now beginning to provide for people more interested in tunes dropping than Tequilas. The Qube, a new basement club connected to Pacha London but with its own door policy, is where you'll find it.
Efdemin, to the uninitiated, is two things: a true DJ's DJ and an artist whose productions have exemplified a strain of the German ambient and deep house movements, championed by the long-running Dial label since the mid-2000s. The Berlin-based Hamburg native recently took a three-month break from his touring schedule for an artist residency in Kyoto, Japan, collaborating on a project with his girlfriend.
Times have certainly changed. These days a cleverly conceived event with an ultra-chic line-up, stacked full of the coolest names of the “underground” universe, is just as likely to spring up at the arse-end of Timbuktu as on the streets of Shoreditch, so it's no surprise the next destination on adventurous dance addicts' wishlist is Peru – a land more associated with its Inca ruins, lush rain forestry and elaborately patterned rugs than its stock of decent dance music festivals.
Ahead of Return to the Future's 1st Birthday in London on January 25th, we have an exclusive guest mix from Italian DJ Silvie Loto.
The Tenax resident has been making big waves in the last few months under the expert tutelage of techno giant Marco Carola.
Her exclusive mix for DJ Mag is a low-slung minimalist adventure that belies the young Italian's years.